The Story of the Snow Children

Mini edition

Sibylle von Olfers

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  • The magic of The Story of the Snow Children is rekindled in this beautiful mini edition that is perfect for little hands
  • From the bestselling illustrator of The Story of the Root Children and The Story of the Wind Children
  • A simple and original story of delightful nature spirits accompanied by classic art nouveau illustrations
  • A nostalgic seasonal story of adventure in the Snow Kingdom with sleigh rides, helpful snowmen and a spectacular ice palace

Poppy realises that the snowflakes in her garden are really snow children, who whisk her away to the Snow Queen's magical kingdom. An adorable mini edition of Sibylle von Olfers' classic story with vintage illustrations..

122 x 172 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 2 to 5 years
32 pages
Publication date:
07 Oct 2021
2nd edition


Poppy is watching the snow fall outside her window when she realises the snowflakes are really snow children, dancing and swirling in the air. They ask Poppy to join them and whisk her away to the Snow Queen's wintery kingdom. In the sparkling ice palace, she enjoys a feast served by snowmen and dances merrily with the snow princess. And when she is tired and homesick, the Snow Queen sends Poppy safely home to her mother on a silver sleigh pulled by snow bears.

Sibylle von Olfers' vintage stories of nature children have been loved by generations. The whimsical tales are accompanied by beautiful art nouveau illustrations of characterful creatures, cheerful plants and flowers and magical little folk.

This wonderful mini gift edition of The Story of the Snow Children faithfully reproduces Olfers' classic illustrations. The Sibylle von Olfers library also includes full size editions, and board books for very young children.


'A simple but richly imaginative tale with exquisite illustrations ... An old-fashioned delight for modern-day children.'
-- Kirkus Reviews

'An utterly delightful wintry tale full of whimsy, sprinkled with magic and sparkling with charm.'
-- Playing By the Book Blog


Sibylle von Olfers is a Floris Books featured author. Read all about this author's life and work on our dedicated author page.

Sibylle von Olfers (1881–1916) was a German children's author and illustrator. Well-known for her blend of natural observation and simple design in the art nouveau style, her work has been likened to Kate Greenaway and Elsa Beskow. Encouraged by her aunt, writer and painter Marie von Olfers, Sibylle studied at art college in Berlin. At aged 25 she published her first picture book, The Story of the Root Children. She created six more picture books in the following decade before her untimely death. Her legacy is a collection of beloved children's books including The Story of the Snow Children and The Story of the Wind Children.

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